Mental health programme flourishes

Tuesday November 17, 2015 Written by Published in Health
Participants at the monthly programme for people suffering from stress and mental illness at Amuri Hall. 15111601 Participants at the monthly programme for people suffering from stress and mental illness at Amuri Hall. 15111601

The monthly programme to provide solace to people suffering from stress and mental illness continues to gain momentum.


Supported by the Te Kainga Mental Services, Tamarumaru O Ararau Enua (Aitutaki) group held this month’s programme at Amuri Hall on November 6.

Te Kainga volunteer Ana Ngauru-Makara said the day started with a welcome by Ana Ngauru and devotion led by Catholic priest Father Fernando.

After the disability van arrived with more people, members took time to introduce themselves before morning tea was served.

During the morning tea, a brief outline of the programme was presented to inform the participants of what to expect throughout the day.

“After morning tea, the members were given the choice of activities including watercolour painting and sketching, pastel drawing as well as arts and craft such as decorating picture frames,” Ngauru-Makara said.

“Every one then had the opportunity to complete word search activities based on coral reefs.”

The participants were also treated to a special lunch for the month consisting of bacon chop suey and rice and freshly baked scones prepared by Pastor Tutai Tangaroa and Aunty Maine Kiria.

Afternoon activities saw the members moving about and participating in physical activities such as table tennis, throwing target games and darts.

Ngauru-Makara thanked Amuri Village Committee for the use of the Amuri Hall and Aunty Rose of Amuri Guest house for the accommodation.

She also thanked World Health Organisation for the financial assistance to the Cook Islands for this year’s mental health outreach programmes.

“Once again Te Kainga appreciates the efforts made by the volunteers to ensure that this programme is offered for the people and also encourages the community to make use of the programme.”

For those looking for a workshop, an introduction to basic skills in counselling will be part of the Tamarumaru’s programme on Friday, November 27.

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